Sen­a­tor of­fers so­lu­tion to rapes and killings

The Star (St. Lucia) - - FRONT PAGE - By Sen­a­tor Ken­try JnPierre

Iwant to con­sider some of the other rec­om­men­da­tions that came up in the [Suzie d’Au­vergne] re­port [on Con­sti­tu­tional Re­form]. What is sexy these days is the dis­cus­sion of same-sex unions. In fact that is dealt with, I think, on page 99 of the re­port.

Rec­om­men­da­tion 30 is that sex­ual in­ti­macy in public should con­tinue to be a crim­i­nal of­fence. I do not know; I dis­agree, you see, be­cause in­ti­macy is at the heart of strong re­la­tion­ships. It is about know­ing peo­ple, know­ing some­one deeply and be­ing com­pletely free in that per­son’s pres­ence.

Of course that sex­ual in­ti­macy is man­i­fested in sev­eral ways—in­clud­ing spend­ing qual­ity time with peo­ple; in­clud­ing en­joy­ing phys­i­cal con­tact, like hold­ing hands in public; shar­ing in­ter­ests and lis­ten­ing to each other. And I want re­ally and truly to en­cour­age peo­ple to do these things. Be­cause per­haps if we were en­cour­aged to be in­ti­mate pub­licly, we would in fact be set­ting pos­i­tive ex­am­ples for our young ones so that they would not be ashamed of each other.

They would not be run­ning around hid­ing to do some of the things that are per­fectly all right to do. I am talk­ing about sex­ual in­ti­macy, not nec­es­sar­ily act­ing ashamed of some of the things that are per­fectly all right to do.

Talk­ing about sex­ual in­ti­macy . . . you know . . . when last did you see young peo­ple, 20-year-olds, hand-in-hand de­mon­strat­ing love and car­ing for each other?

Yes, that is be­ing sex­u­ally in­ti­mate. Yes, it might ul­ti­mately lead to sex­ual in­ter­course. But it’s the in­ti­macy that I want to ad­dress, re­ally. The ex­pres­sion of love so that we will want to be with each other.

We will want to feel the vibes from each other. Per­haps if more of us spend time do­ing that we will have more re­spect for each other. There would not be so many peo­ple vi­o­lat­ing each other, as we hear about, the rapes and killings.

Sen­a­tor Ken­try Jn Pierre was one of those who con­trib­uted on Thurs­day to the de­bate on the re­port by

the Con­sti­tu­tion Re­form Com­mis­sion.

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